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The Basics Of Italian Cookbooks

Updated on October 27, 2009

Lawyers can't live without the constitution, priests without the holy book, but what can't an Italian food connoisseur live without? That's right. Italian cookbooks. Why? Because if there is one thing that is universal, it is that Italians are very passionate food lovers and their food is divine. The recipes in Italian cookbooks are time honored and traditional, and you just can't make them up as you go along!

It's a good thing that Italians are generous enough to share their recipes by compiling them in Italian cookbooks. It seems that Italian cuisine has everything a gourmand could ever want to remain satisfied for the rest of their lives and Italian cook books detail this delightful aspect of Italian culture quite well. As with any meal, it all begins with the appetizer. Italian cookbooks will almost always have a variety of recipes for different appetizers like salami, canap├ęs, vegetables in oil, bruschetta, and similar.

By the way, it's brew-sk-et-tah, not brus-chet-ah!

After the appetizer, there will be an entire section on the main course. These will of course be categorized according to pasta, meat, seafood and vegetable dishes. Of course, Italian cookbooks cannot possibly compile all Italian recipes known to peninsula chefs, so you'll probably find the recipes on the most popular Italian dishes.

A meal isn't complete without Italian bread. So there might be a section devoted on making Italian bread as well. Since it is difficult to achieve the perfect crustiness of Italian bread, it is best to follow the recipes to perfection. Deviate one iota and your crusty bread will turn into Wonder bread.

The meal will not end with the main course, as most Italian cookbooks will also provide some recipes on Italian desserts. The majority of Italian cookbooks include recipes for tiramisu, and biscotti, as well as some chocolate-based treats.

Since any Italian meal wouldn't be complete without wine, many Italian cook books provide a discussion on the best wine to serve when serving particular dishes. Pay close attention to this part because this could very well turn your Italian meal from good to magnifico.

Since Italian food is diverse, and there are so many different recipes, it is quite impossible to hold all the best recipes in one cookbook, or even in one encyclopedia of Italian cuisine. What publishers usually do is to publish separate Italian cookbooks for desserts, bread, pasta, appetizers, and the like. If you're really serious in concocting an authentic Italian dinner, then it is best to get the whole set of cookbooks, because you would have the advantage of variety. Besides, every dish is delicious and worth tasting!

There are also specialized Italian cookbooks that deal with low-fat Italian meals, or low-carb meals. These cook books provide alternative ingredients, for the diners to enjoy great Italian food without the extra calories.

The true and traditional Italian cookbooks are brilliant ways to preserve Italian recipes through time. Not only do they share the wonderful recipes to the world, but it is also the perfect way to continue the Italian heritage of great food.

Continued In: The Basics Of Italian Culinary Heritage

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